When you need a gift for a wedding couple going on a honeymoon, a teacher who's vacationing in the summer or a globe-trotting friend or family member, a vacation-themed gift basket is often a great way to go. Fill a creative container with an assortment of practical and/or extravagant gifts, tailoring the gifts to vacationer’s needs, wants and personality.
Help the traveler find the notable sites, memorable restaurants and interesting tidbits that the destination has to offer by filling a gift basket with travel guides, maps and articles. In addition to guidebooks and maps that you can buy at a bookstore or get free by calling the resort or city visitor’s bureau, print an assortment of travel-related articles about the vacation spot from Internet websites and blogs. Compile the printouts in a three-ring binder, featuring page protectors that the vacationer can use to store vacation memorabilia such as receipts, brochures or postcards.
Gather travel essentials for the road trip, flight or vacation. Include objects such as travel-sized soaps, shampoos and toiletries, a crossword puzzle book, tissues and suntan lotion. If the vacationer is traveling abroad, include a foreign language dictionary that he can study on the plane and use once he reaches his destination. Instead of a basket, pack the items in a colorful backpack so they’re easy to carry while on the excursion.
If you're not on a limited budget, you might want to compile an extravagant gift basket filled with electronic gadgets. Travelers might enjoy items such as a pocket electronic money conversion calculator or a foreign language translator if they’re traveling abroad. To help the vacationers travel lightly, you might also want to include a travel-sized blow dryer or clothing steamer. Give the travelers a way to pass the time with an electronic book reader and a battery-operated crossword puzzle game. You can also choose only one higher end gift to include in the gift basket -- and surround it with inexpensive items like notepads and pens that the vacationer can use on the trip.
Give the traveler a basket full of treats if the vacation involves a lengthy car trip or plane ride. Choose items that don’t require refrigeration such as bottles of water, hard candy, gum, trail mix, shelled nuts or cookies. Include items like chips and pretzels in travel-sized bags so the vacationer won’t have to store leftovers that might go stale.
Encourage the traveler to reach the destination in style by giving her a selection of seasonal and destination-appropriate clothing and accessories. If the recipient is heading on a summer beach vacation, for example, include a pair of flip-flops, sunglasses, a sun hat and a sarong. If she’s going skiing, include thermal underwear, waterproof gloves, a scarf and matching knit hat. Pack the gifts in a colorful canvas tote bag instead of a basket so the vacationer can later use it as a beach tote or book bag.